5) Max Kranick
What do you know, another arm that can't be optioned! Max Kranick is another pitcher that the Mets acquired this offseason without a clear path to making the roster. Barring a major shock, it feels like he's headed in the same direction as players like Cooper Hummell and Tyler Heineman who were both traded for cash considerations.
There's nothing in this league more valuable than starting pitching. That's something we've learned, especially this offseason. While Kranick only has nine MLB starts in his career, he could be decent starting pitching depth for some teams out there. He does have a 3.55 ERA in 79 minor league appearances (74 starts), so there is some talent there.
Trading Kranick away would sting a tiny bit as he did grow up a Mets fan, but if the Mets get something in exchange for a player they claimed off of waivers, even if it's cash considerations, that's a very clear win. With the Mets having decent starting pitching depth options, it's hard to even see them relying on Kranick to start for them this season without a slew of injuries.
If there isn't interest around the league in Kranick, it's possible that the Mets DFA him and keep him in Syracuse if he clears waivers. With starting pitching being at such a premium, it's hard to see that happening, though.